Actors (Alphabetical by first name)
Barbara Rayliss has been performing as a singer since age seven, but has admired actors and dancers all of her life. She spent her working life performing at LAX hotels and teaching music and drama in middle school. Since moving to Idyllwild seven years ago, she got the true acting bug from performing in summer musicals for the Idyllwild Master Chorale. Barbara appeared in Stratford Players' Will in the Woods II and in Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike.
Chic Fojtik’s stage life started in high school when he did impersonations of upcoming rock stars of the time. While attending Northwestern University he acted in the Dolphin Shows, musical theater presented in the swimming auditorium. It took retiring from being “onstage” as a professor of marketing with Pepperdine University and moving to Idyllwild before Chic would hit the formal boards again in the Master Chorale production of Wizard of Oz. He returned to the Chorale as Mr. Green (Clue: the Musical) and as The Prince’s Steward (Into the Woods). Film credits include appearances in Idyllwild Arts Academy student films "The Roommate" and "Missing". Most recently, he portrayed Rod in Stratford Players’ Calendar Girls.
Christine Hunt made her debut in Idyllwild with Stratford Players in Night of the Iguana. She moved here three years ago and found, in addition to its natural beauty, a surprising gift for such a small town: wonderful theatre of high quality. So Christine has embraced the opportunity to return to her earliest love in the arts - acting. Trained as a theatre actress in New York, she holds an MFA in Directing from CUNY and taught speech in New York University's professional training program for actors. She has studied acting with renowned acting teachers Peter Kass and Olympia Dukakis. She has performed Off Broadway, in independent films and in theatres around the NYC area.
Christopher Morse is a founding member of Stratford Players. Also a playwright, a number of his one-acts have won awards and/or been performed in venues around the country. He has written publicity articles for Stratford Players, contributes narration for Will In The Woods, and penned the abridgement of our production of G.B. Shaw's Pygmalion. Chris has played myriad roles for Stratford Players, including the tragic Shannon in Tennessee William's Night of the Iguana; the buffoonish Mellersh (Enchanted April) and Macbeth, Petruchio, Caliban, Richard III, and many others in Will in the Woods.. He has also portrayed, with panache, a pneumatic paint sprayer and a high-strung goat.
Derrik Lewis began acting professionally in 1956 with a summer stock company in the San Fernando Valley after winning 2nd place in a Shakespeare festival at the Pasadena Playhouse. He began a Hollywood film career in 1959 with a role on “The Loretta Young Show” and continued to work throughout the 1960’s (the “Golden Age of TV”) on “The Twilight Zone”, “Route 66”, “My Three Sons”, “The Monkee’s” and many others, including his role as “Lieutenant O’Brien” on “Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea”. He has alternated dozens of plays and musicals with his work as a supperclub singer/pianist in major hotels and on cruise ships throughout the world. He is the recipient of 15 Desert Theatre League Awards. This production marks his 60th year on the stage.
Dick English was born into a family of vaudevillian performers and thus started his performance training early. He jokes about how it continued - "My performing experience consists mainly of acting as if I knew what I was doing as a Russian linguist in the Air Force and as Systems Engineer for the Intelligence Community." In recent years Dick has played numerous roles with the Four Seasons Players including White Christmas, The Wizard of Oz, and Murder On The Nile. Dick made his first appearance with Stratford Players in the 2013 production of On The Radio! and was most recently seen in Night of the Iguana.
Mr. Austin holds a Bachelor and Masters in Theater. For eighteen years he has been a member of The Olde English Theatre Players, a stuttering actors support troupe, playing recurring roles as Falstaff, Charles Dickens and many others. Mr. Austin has written and directed many plays in his 35 years as an actor. He most enjoys plays with a period theme.
Gina Kraut Gina performs mostly in the Temecula and Riverside areas, and delights in climbing the hill to perform with Stratford Players. She has this message for our audience, “Thank you so very much for coming, and giving us a reason to keep bringing stories to life.”
All of theater is interesting to Harriet. Backstage, on stage, in the audience, it doesn't matter...the emotional experience of theater is what it's all about. Good theater makes you laugh, cry, think. Harriet is thankful for the wonderful opportunities she has had to pull the audience into other worlds in such plays as Barefoot in the Park, Our Town, Bus Stop, Cemetery Club, Harvey, and Will in the Woods to name a few. Harriet thanks Stratford Players for letting her participate in what is the fastest growing Community Theater in the Inland area. As she says, "It's wonderful to be part of a theater group that has 'good theater' as its donation to the community."
Behind The Curtain
Director - Marsha Kennedy
Musical Director - Barbara Rayliss
Stage Manager - Julie Pence
- Kathy Masey
Set Designer - Marsha Kennedy
Set Builder - Mike Falk
Costumer/Seamstress - Julie Pence
Graphic Designer - Marsha Kennedy
Pianist Extraordinaire - Ed Hansen
Jeannette Rogers began acting when she was only seventeen as Alais in The Lion in Winter. During the last seventeen years she has played many, many parts in plays from Lady Macbeth to Veronica in God of Carnage. In the Ramona Outdoor Play Jeannette is the only actress to have performed all four female parts - Ramona, Margarita, Marda, and Aunt Ri. She is currently being managed by Rockwell & Stein and Pantheon out of Beverly Hills/Los Angeles. She is thankful to God and delighted to be acting together in a show with her best friend and husband Mark Rogers.
John Wesley Leon has been performing and directing in the southland for 15 years. He has appeared in over fifty productions ranging from classical to contemporary, musical to original works, and in 50 seat town halls to 5,000 seat amphitheaters. Some of his most memorable and rewarding roles are: Stanley (A Streetcar Named Desire), Shylock (The Merchant of Venice), Sweeney Todd, Othello/Iago (Othello), John Proctor (The Crucible), Col. Jessup (A Few Good Men), and Antony (Antony & Cleopatra). John has most recently performed in the Stratford Players’ Engaging Shaw as George Bernard Shaw and at The Actors Forum’s Tea with Jane Austen as Darcy, and as Professor Moriarty(Sherlock Holmes and the Ghost of Peter Quint). He is thrilled to be back with Stratford Players in The Lion in Winter in the role of Richard the Lionhearted. Thank You Stratford for this amazing chance to work with an amazing cast.
Kathleen Walker graduated from the MFA program in Theatre Arts from Penn State, and went directly to New York City to star in the Off-Broadway hit, Moonchildren. She then did extensive work in regional theatre throughout the country, including a nationwide Shakespeare tour. More recently, she has been a member with the Hollywood-based, The Grace Players. Roles include Blanche duBois (Streetcar Named Desire), Linda (Death of a Salesman), and Maureen in the premiere of Jason Milligan's Walking on the Moon. Kathleen is a Stratford Players veteran, having appeared in Will In The Woods, The Elizabeth Chronicles, On The Radio, and Night of the Iguana
Mark Rogers wears many theatrical hats. He's as Actor, Singer, Fight Choreographer, Technical Director, Stage Manager, Lighting and Scenic Designer. Since graduating from the Theater program at Cal State San Bernardino, Mark has continued to seek out opportunities to expand his talents in all aspects of theater. He worked last season in FAN’s production of Little Shop of Horrors, for which he designed and built the sets and designed the lights. Among his favorite roles are Frank N Furter (The Rocky Horror Show), Jaques (As You Like It), and Father Flynn (Doubt). The Lion in Winter was Mark’s first outing with the Stratford Players.
Michael Owen is British born, internationally educated and American by choice! Actively involved in theater and other performing arts since age 11, Michael has been on stage and radio in Europe, the Middle East and the USA. He debuted with Stratford Players as Victor Velasco (Barefoot in the Park) and appeared as Arthur Doolittle (Pygmalion). Some notable performances in his theatrical life include: Jack (The Importance of Being Ernest), Nursie (British pantomime Babes in the Woods), Calloway (The Third Man), Black Bart (Wyatt) and General Lafayette (Ghosts of Washington). These days Michael is more involved with producing and directing than with acting. He produced and directed the Banning Centennial Show at Morongo Casino in 2013 and will be directing Sun Lakes’ annual That’s Entertainment show in 2015.
Rena May’s experience in theatre began at the age of three when her environment of softly colored scarves became her preferred setting for all of life’s dramas. She has always loved expressing herself fully and relishes theatre’s capacity to celebrate the shadows of man. She enjoyed writing, directing and producing the one-act play A Very Soft Doom in Tokyo 2009, and also took the role of Ramona Santangelo in Portland’s Ten-Minute Play Fest. She is truly honored to be part of Will in the Woods this year with Stratford, especially in a place filled with wild nature.
Ric Moxley began acting and directing professionally in his early 20’s with a 7-year stint traveling internationally with a repertory theater company. He then went to USC’s Film Production school and has been mostly behind the scenes since, directing, writing, and editing movies and music videos. Ric returned to theatrical acting for the first time since 2006 with the Stratford Players production of Will In The Wood III.
Rosalyn Leon has been a part of Stratford Players since the beginning. She has played various Shakespeare roles in the annual Will in The Woods. Past roles with other theatre companies include: Nurse Ratched (One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest), Mary (Mary Stuart), Duchess (Richard III), Blanche Du Bois (A Streetcar Named Desire), Cleopatra (Antony & Cleopatra), Desdemona (Othello), Blanche (Brighton Beach Memoirs), Kate (The Miracle Worker) and Kate (Taming of the Shrew) just to name a few.
She is a member of the Screen Actors Guild and in the past she was a background artist and worked in various shows, series, movies and commercials. But her first love for entertainment is live theatre.
Actors who have graced our stage...
D D Calhoun
John Wesley Leon